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Matthew pumpkin at
Wed Jan 5 19:37:19 UTC 2011

On 05/01/11 19:25, Andrew Lewman wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:18:09 +0000
> Orionjur Tor-admin<tor-admin at>  wrote:
>> Is it very difficult to buy a SIM without showing ID in the USA or
>> countries of Western Europe? Sorry for such off topic but it is very
>> interesting to know are there any countries in Western Europe or
>> states of the USA when it is possible to buy a SIM without showing
>> your ID with accordance to local law?
> My $0.02 from buying SIM cards all over the world, I show them my
> CostCo Club photo id.  In Hong Kong they wrote down my first/last name
> as "cost co".  No one has photocopied the ID yet.  Many shops ask for
> it and then do nothing with it.  As explained to me in Belgium, the law
> says they have to see an ID, not record, write down, and register the
> sim in your name. Maybe I just found a cool shop by accident.
Have you tried this in Spain?  In Madrid the shop photocopied the back page 
of my passport.  In London, by comparison, one can buy as many SIMs as one 
wants without ID from any number of "corner shops". - read the 
comments especially Anon at 6:59PM.
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